Families with young kids know nothing fills a child’s dreams like a trip to Florida’s theme parks. Here’s what’s new at Walt Disney World Resort, SeaWorld Orlando, Universal Studios Florida, LEGOLAND Florida Resort and beyond.
Mickey Mouse may be the star of the show, but Disney’s Hollywood Studios is opening his first ride-through attraction, March 4. Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway will feature a new cartoon short that takes guests inside a Mickey cartoon.
Meanwhile, Epcot will introduce several new shows in 2020. Guests can already experience Canada Far and Wide in Circle-Vision 360 and the Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along, and in summer, the France pavilion will welcome a new attraction, Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, where guests will race through Gusteau’s restaurant on a wild adventure.
A new restaurant is also coming to the France pavilion: La Creperie de Paris, with table- and quick-service options, featuring a menu from Chef Jerome Bocuse.
Also at Epcot, the largest nighttime spectacular ever created for a Disney park, “HarmonioUS” will celebrate the music of Disney this year.
Finally, Disney Springs will debut “Drawn to Life,” a new Cirque du Soleil production, March 20. The new show will transport guests into the world of Disney animation in Cirque du Soleil’s signature style.
Scheduled to open this spring, Ice Breaker is SeaWorld Orlando’s first launch coaster. The coaster will feature four launches, both backward and forward, culminating in a reverse launch.
Also this spring, a new live-action stunt show will open at Universal Studios Florida. “The Bourne Stuntacular” will follow Jason Bourne across three continents during an epic chase.
Proclaiming 2020 the Year of the Pirate, LEGOLAND Florida Resort is holding PirateFest Weekends on select weekends in April and May, during which guests will learn to be pirates and meet exclusive pirate characters. Also opening in April, the Pirate Water Ski Show Adventure will feature skiing acrobatics and water stunts.
Animal lovers can now enjoy Wild Florida Airboats & Gator Park’s new Drive-Thru Safari Park, just opened and featuring more than 100 exotic animals and native Florida wildlife, like elk, bison, cracker cows, zebras, watusi and oryx. Guests can also feed giraffes on a platform high above the Safari Park.
Love archery? Revolution Off Road is introducing Archery Tag, a game of dodge ball with modified bows and arrows, where teams compete to steal arrows.
My visit to the TWA Hotel at New York JFK reminded me of how many times I have chosen to stay at an airport hotel. While the awesome architectural appeal of Eero Saarnen’s Mid-Century TWA terminal-to-hotel transformation is unique, it has become common sense to stay at a multitude of lovely airport lodgings.
Fans of country music can explore Tennessee’s rich musical legacy across all 95 counties with hundreds of landmarks and attractions on the new Tennessee Music Pathways route, inspired by the latest documentary from Ken Burns.
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There is something to be said for hitting a city’s most iconic neighborhoods, even if there is a steady stream of tourists milling about. On the other hand, there’s something delicious about discovering neighborhoods not yet on the tourist track.